Phytopythium (genus)

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Sporangia of Phytopythium species: a) P. sindhum, b) P. vexans, c–g) P. citrinum, h–j) P. helicandrum — Scale bars = 20 μm (click on image to enlarge it)
Author: A.W.A.M. de Cock, A.M. Lodhi, T.L. Rintoul, K. Bala, G.P. Robideau, Z. Gloria Abad, M.D. Coffey, S. Shahzad, and C.A. Lévesque
Source: Persoonia, 2015, 34 p. 31

Phytopythium Abad, de Cock, Bala, Robideau, A.M. Lodhi & Lévesque 2010

The genus Phytopythium contains around 15 species of plant pathogenic and soil-borne oomycetes. They are closely related to the genus Pythium and have been previously classified as Pythium clade K. However, they show some features of the genus Phytophthora. They have "papillate, internally proliferating sporangia and cylindrical or lobate antheridia". The genus contains several important plant disease agents, like Phytopythium helicoides and P. vexans.

For a taxonomic review see Cock et al., 2015

Type species: Phytopythium sindhum

Currently, the following species have been entered into the system: